Manassas Real Estate Information

Part of the Washington Metropolitan Area and home to over 35,000 residents, the independent city of Manassas is probably well-known for its historic location near Manassas and Bull Run where a number of battles and skirmishes between the North and South took place during the American Civil War. At one time, the city was little more than a railroad crossing, but today Manassas serves as an essential suburb of Washington, DC, thanks to its convenient proximity to the capital. Although rich in cultural heritage and history, Manassas is still on the cutting-edge as well. In 2005, Manassas became the first city in the nation to implement wide-scale Broadband over Power Line that offers lightning-quick internet serve to its residents for an extraordinarily low fee.

On the southern fringe of the city is Manassas Regional Airport that is serviced by a number of carriers that serve major airline hubs east of the Mississippi River. Colgan Air, a regional airline that operates under the US Airways Express, United Express, and Continental Connection brand names, is based in Manassas and has become one of the largest corporate citizens in the town. Interestingly, despite Manassas’ size, no large interstates or freeways pass through the city. Instead, several smaller highways lead to the I-66 which runs north of downtown Manassas. This compromise provides residents with quick transportation without the unnecessary noise and pollution in the downtown district.

Building on its past as a railroad junction, Manassas still receives extensive rail service today from Norfolk Southern, the Virginia Railway Express, and Amtrak. The VRE is a popular commuting option for those residents who work in Alexandria and Washington, DC. The Amtrak Cardina and Crescent lines are also very popular for regional transportation as far as Chicago and New Orleans. A major portion of Manassas’ appeal is its diversity of historic and recreational parks that are scattered throughout the area. Manassas National Battle Park and the Stonewall Memorial Gardens, Bull Run Regional Park, Ben Lomond Regional Park, Fairmont Park, Ellis Barron Park, Rosemont-Lewis Park, Stonewall Park, Signal Hill Park, and Hemlock Overlook Regional Park are the largest and most well-known of the dozens of parks across Manassas.

Manassas Public Schools operates a number of schools for area youth in grades K-12. Five elementary schools, one middle school, and a single high school provide more than enough educational coverage for the city. A couple of Prince William County Public Schools are also located in Manassas, although they primarily serve students from outside of the city. A hotspot for higher education, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, ECPI College of Technology, and Strayer University all operate branch or satellite campuses in the vicinity. Not only does this increase the number of people in Manassas, but it also adds a vibrant youth to the Manassas culture.